The CEO of SIE in Brussels answers this question.
In his words:
“I don’t want a new Call of Duty deal. I just want to stop your merger.”
— Lulu Cheng Meservey (@lulumeservey) March 8, 2023
Sony may have just revealed its true agenda, which included its continued protests against activism megadeal, According to Lulu Cheng MeserveSony CEO Jim Ryan, EVP at Activision Blizzard, gives an answer as to why the company is refusing to 10 year agreement Pushed by Microsoft: I don’t want a new Call of Duty deal. I just want to stop your merger.
The revelation came after Sony claimed in its statement to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority that Microsoft could introduce bugs in COD, which could negatively affect its business. The franchise has always been a top concern of Sony since the proposed merger was announced. As shown in its past statements, it has also consistently been a main point of argument with regulators.
Microsoft addressed the concern by extending the previous 3-year agreement for the franchise to 10 years. However, Sony is tight-lipped about confirming the offer, which has left many confused. Nonetheless, Activision executive Lulu Cheng Meserve clarified the matter, sharing that SIE’s CEO himself revealed that his main point was to block the merger.
Meserve tweeted, “Microsoft offered Sony (dominant console leader for over a decade with 80% market share) a 10-year agreement on far better terms than Sony’s.” “We have also guaranteed Sony long-term access to Call of Duty. But they keep on refusing. Why? The CEO of SIE answered this question in Brussels. In his words: ‘I don’t want a new Call of Duty deal. I just want to stop your merger.'”
According to Meserve, Ryan said the words February 21 During a closed-door hearing with EU regulators in Brussels. It’s unknown how the revelation will affect Sony’s argument in the matter, especially in the eyes of the UK regulator, which continues to cite Sony’s COD issue as one of the main concerns of the deal.